Ash Merscher

Ash Merscher was raised in the rural corners of the Pacific Northwest, US. Her hometown shares a water border with Canada and sits nestled at the foot of a national park, boasting everything from mountain peaks to temperate rainforests to ocean surf. Her upbringing instilled a sense of wander and appreciation for the world. Ash's first trip to another continent was an opportunity to study at the National University of Ireland in Galway which gave her the itch to travel even more. Soon she found herself with a suitcase and plane ticket in hand, ready to try her luck in Budapest, Hungary teaching English to the craziest (and most adorable) group of first and second graders. She currently resides there with her partner, Dan, and cat, Cleo. Every chance she gets, Ash explores her new home and its surrounding region. When not teaching and traveling, she enjoys writing, photography, the hunt for the perfect cup of coffee, and eating lots and lots of cake.

Caves, labyrinths, and dungeons: going deep underground in Budapest

The 10 most cliche places to propose (and where to propose instead)

6 American habits I lost when I moved to Hungary

How to save money on your trip to Budapest

The ultimate road trip routes through Eastern Europe

The four stages of culture shock and how to defeat them

How to travel with your partner without killing each other

7 fears that only expats understand

How to become an ESL teacher

Everyone thinks Bosnia is still a dangerous place. Here’s why I can’t wait to go back.

The 8 superpowers only teachers abroad have

12 side effects of living in Budapest

12 things you’ll get addicted to in Madrid

10 ways teaching abroad will change your life

12 fears that only an ESL teacher will understand

10 reasons why we should all move to Croatia

10 things you’ll get addicted to after living in Ireland

12 commandments for living in Hungary

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